ABERYSTWYTH graduate, Natasha Devon MBE, has been named as one of Debrett’s 500 most influential people in Britain, and one of the 20 most influential people in Education.
Ms Devon studied Psychology at Aberystwyth University and then went on to found the Self-Esteem Team.
The Self-Esteem Team visits schools across the UK to deliver award-winning workshops and presentations on mental health, body image and exam stress. Visiting between 3 to 4 schools a week across the UK, as a result they have worked with over 60,000 British teens.
Natasha Devon MBE was inspired to start the Self-Esteem Team after recovering from an eating disorder in 2006, she went on to start the Body Gossip Education Programme to help give teenagers confidence-boosting tips.
Following discussions with teachers and teenagers, the Programme soon expanded to include classes on mental health as well as body image and culminated in the creation of the Self-Esteem Team.
In addition to her achievements as part of the Self-Esteem Team, Ms Devon is the author of the books published in 2015: Fundamentals: A Guide for Parents and Teachers on Mental Health and Self Esteem, and a book for teens by the Self Esteem Team. She also contributes to Cosmopolitan as a columnist, among other publications.
Last year, as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, Natasha Devon was awarded an MBE. In August 2015 she was also named the governments mental health “tsar”, and advises the Minister for Education and Childcare on matters concerning mental well being in the classroom.